The Senate Commerce Committee is recommending the government spend $3 billion to help Americans convert to all-digital television broadcasts.
The subsidy was approved Thursday as part of legislation that would set April 7, 2009, as the date for TV broadcasters to begin using digital signals.
The measure would cover the estimated 21 million Americans with older TV sets who rely on free, over the-air-television. It would pay for the converter boxes they'll need to keep receiving their television service.
The subsidy program would be paid for by money raised from the auction of the analog spectrum the broadcasters are vacating. That's expected to raise at least $10 billion